The stakes are high both ways in this one, even though it only appears to be one way on the surface.
Yes, St. Cloud State needs to win to save their season. It doesn't get much more significant than that.
However, UMD is in the driver's seat here. A win in this game, and they can start preparing for the WCHA Final Five, whenever they are to play.
(If things go UMD's way in the Bemidji State-Omaha series, as well as Minnesota State-Denver, UMD might be able to get a bye into Friday's semifinals. Of course, that's a longshot, and avoiding a Sunday game when a Thursday game is on the horizon is vitally important, no matter what else happens.)
I'll stop babbling. The Bulldogs need to close this thing out here, instead of letting the proverbial wounded warrior off the mat.
Connolly (Mike) - Connolly (Jack) - Fontaine
Schmidt - Oleksuk - Brown
Seidel - Hendrickson - Basaraba
DeLisle - Flaherty - Grun
Faulk - Montgomery
Bergman - Lamb
Olson - Palm
Reiter - Crandall - Gaffy
Hanowski - Roe - Eddy
Festler - Marvin - Novak
Reid - LeBlanc - Dowd
MacMillan - Christian - Oslund
Lauridsen - Jensen
Gravel - Johnson
Zabkowicz - Barta
Lee - Dunn